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April 13, 2016

US releases $240m humanitarian assistance to displaced persons

US releases $240m humanitarian assistance to displaced persons

File: IDPs in Dikwa

The U.S. Government on Wednesday announced the delivering of about $240million (about N76.8billion) as development and humanitarian assistance to displaced persons across the Lake Chad Basin.

The U.S. Department of State in a statement that did not identify the recipient, said that the fund was to provide affected persons and refugees with transitional assistance.
The statement also said that the $240 million (about N76.8b) would be used to provide them with psycho-social services, health programmes, as well as emergency education for their children.

“The U.S. will continue to assist the Nigerian government’s efforts to locate and bring home all those who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram, with intelligence and advisory support.
“The U.S. is also delivering over $240 million in development and humanitarian assistance across the Lake Chad Basin to provide conflict-affected populations and refugees with transitional assistance.

“The fund is also to provide them with psycho-social services, health programmes, and emergency education for children displaced by violence,’’ it said.
The statement also said that the U.S. Government had called for the “immediate release” of the more than 200 abducted Chibok girls.
According to it, the U.S. is calling for their release without preconditions.

“As we approach the second anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian Chibok girls, the US again calls for their immediate release, without preconditions.

“The kidnapping of these young women, along with the kidnappings of countless others by Boko Haram, epitomises this terrorist group’s depravity,’’ the statement added.